Guidelines and Templates

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This page is to set forth some general guidelines for entries and to provide a few helpful templates that can be copied into different page types. You can always look at the edit tab of a similar page and copy the contents over, then change the data.

General Structure

The Wiki consists of a few different types of pages. There are Category pages that automatically create and alphabetize themselves. The main ones will be Companies and Animals as well as categories for different countries. Content pages will mostly be either about a company, about a specific model/toy/figure, about the animal that figures are based upon, or general collecting information.

Company Pages

Each manufacturer (like Papo or Elastolin) will have its own main page. All information known about the company in general should be on that page. It should also contain either a list of animal figures that are/were created by the company, or links to pages that would contain a list of all animal figures. Big companies may need to be split into multiple smaller pages to hold the figure lists so the main page doesn't get too long. These pages may represent certain lines, periods or some other grouping natural for that particular company.

Initially the lists of figures will be just the list. All of those listed though should be created as a possible future figure page. Here is an example of how to do that.

*Small Replicas
**[[Bilby, Small S&N|Bilby, Small]]
**[[Black Swan S&N|Black Swan]]
**[[Blue Wren S&N|Blue Wren]]

Use a single star to create a title for a list section if it needs to be indented below a heading and use double stars ahead of each name. This will create bulleted lists. Note that the name of the animal has been repeated with a pipe in between. The first part is the actual individual figure page name, and should always include the appropriate company indication. The second part is how you would like it to appear to the reader in the list. It isn't required to do this, but it can look smoother to the reader. Linking just to the figure pages without the name change looks like this:

*Small Replicas
**[[Bilby, Small S&N]]
**[[Black Swan S&N]]
**[[Blue Wren S&N]]

If there are links associated with the company, either the companies own web page or that of collectors or fans specializing in that company, there should be a links section towards the bottom of the page. Use two = ahead of and after the section name to create a section heading, then list the links below that.

At the bottom of each company page there should be at least two categories listed. One for the Companies index page and one for the Nation index page. These are created by using the double brackets in front then the word Category: (include the colon) followed by the word Companies and closing double brackets. The same should be added for the nation the company is from. Just copy this content into the bottom of the page:


Remember to change the nation to the correct one.

Whenever possible please create a special sub-section for Horses. This will allow the sections to be directly linked from a horses category page.


Figure Pages

Every toy figure can have it's own page. The figure lists on company pages will have live links that lead to the empty space for the page, Just add some content and the page will be created. Content can include details about the toy and ideally a picture.

Every Figure Page MUST have a unique name If you name the page Kangaroo it will conflict with the animal page for kangaroo. The page naming should include some indication of what company made it, and any other basic info that will help tell it apart from pages about other models of the same animal. For example the page for the small kangaroo by the company Science & Nature starts with the animal followed by "small" since there is also a large version and then ends with S&N. "Kangaroo, Small S&N"Any figure page ending in S&N would be a figure made by Science & Nature. The recommended abbreviation should be listed in the Discussion tab for the company page.

The first section of every Figure Page should include the following table, just copy this code into the edit page and change the details as necessary. Any lines that you do not have an answer for can be deleted. They can always be added back later if the info becomes known. Here is the code section:

{| class="wikitable" 

| [[Kangaroo]]
| Maker
| [[Science & Nature]]
| Color
| grey
| Product Number
| 75480
| Availability
| in production
| Released
| put the year here
| Discontinued
| put the year here


Both the animal name and the maker should have the double brackets around them to link to the pages for each. Animal names should be the most common one likely to be used. Some animals like dogs may be broken down into breeds as well. In that case a second double bracket would come after dog with the breed.

| [[Dog]], [[German Shepherd]]

Color should be the most dominant color of the animal in the most common terms. That is there so someone searching for a brown cow can find the page easier and avoid all the white cow pages for example. Availability should be either "in production" "discontinued" or "unknown" If you know the release year put that in. If is still in production leave the discontinued section but leave the year part blank.

| Released
| 1997
| Discontinued

Another section that can be added is the name of a specific line or series if that is known. Insert this section just after the maker part

| Maker
| [[Science & Nature]]
| Series
| Standard size

If the series has it's own page add the double brackets around the series name, be sure to match the actual name of the page you are linking to.

Put together the table looks like this:

Animal Kangaroo
Maker Science & Nature
Series Standard size
Color grey
Availability in production

After creating a figure page please go to the linked Animal page and add a link back to the figure.

In this example you would go to the Kangaroo page and add

*[[Kangaroo, small S&N]]

under the Replicas heading. If there are already other figures linked there please add the new link in the correct alphabetical order. If you include a breed please do the same for that page. Make sure the figure is linked to on the Company page as well.

Animal Pages

Some people like to search by the type of animal, or to browse through a tree structure. This can be created using a box similar to that on the Figure Page. Using the double brackets creates a link to a page at that level of the tree structure.

Just copy and paste in this code, then change to the correct content

{| class="wikitable" 

====Example Box====

| phylum 
| Chordata
| class 
| [[Mammals|Mammalia]]
| infraclass 
| [[Marsupialia]]
| order 
| Peramelemorphia
| family 
| Thylacomyidae
| genus 
| Macrotis
| species 
| M. lagotis

The common name of the animal goes in between 4 = in this example it's the word Bilby Go ahead and make all the levels through genus as links, though it may be years before some of those pages are filled in. Use the scientific classification given in Wikipedia for that species. In this case it would be found here:

Here's what the box looks like

Example Box

phylum Chordata
class Mammalia
infraclass Marsupialia
order Peramelemorphia
family Thylacomyidae
genus Macrotis
species M. lagotis

For something like a dog or horse you can add the breed name to the box after species like this:

{| class="wikitable" 
| species 
| C. lupus familiaris
|[[German Shepherd]]
species C. lupus familiaris
breed German Shepherd

Beneath the animal data box you then add a Replicas heading and put a list of the toys of that animal in the wiki. You may need to search to find them, or look at the What Links to Here link to find them. Start with a star then use the double brackets around the actual page name.


*[[Bilby, Small S&N]]
*[[Bilby, Large S&N]]

If the animal page is not for a specific species but for a genus like Kangaroo (genus Macropus) you may add sections for specific species. Include the links to the replica pages under those headings and then on the individual species page as well.


This part is under revision. It's now possible to upload images directly to the wiki itself. The linking is pretty simple then. To upload use the link in the Toolbox part of the left menu. Follow the instructions there. Please include some indication of the company in the name of the image. It will get messy if we end up with 50 pictures all named dog.jpg

To link to the image just use the double brackets and inside them write Image:name.jpg replacing the name.jpg part with the actual file name you want.

There are various ways to modify the image such as size or thumbnailing, where it floats on the page and so on. Check the Pictures section of the MEdiawiki Users Guide for details there. They will be filled in here as we decide upon guidelines.